Alysia Montaño – not “Montana” – is a six-time USA Track and Field (USATF) champion born in 1986. She represented the US in the 2012 Olympic games. The USATF is the country’s governing body for track and field, also known as athletics, long-distance running and race walking.
But does this photo show Montaño competing and winning the “800 metres” at the US national championship while pregnant? We investigated.
Montaño famous for running pregnant, but didn’t win this 2014 race
A reverse image search of the picture led us to an Associated Press article from 2014.
Montaño ran the 800-metre race in the USATF championships that year while 34 weeks pregnant. This is nearly full term and approximately eight-and-a-half, not four, months pregnant.
But she didn’t win the race – she came last. At the time the 28-year-old had been the US national champion for four years in a row, and was quoted as saying: “I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800.”
Montaño became widely known for running while pregnant and for advocating for women pursuing their careers while being mothers. She competed in the USATF championships again in 2017, then five months pregnant with her second child.
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